Don’t Beat

I don’t know if I can say this definitively, but as far as I know, Vftp is the oldest conductor’s blog still going, and when I first started I couldn’t find any examples of other substantial blogging projects by any other conductors. While it’s nice to be first, we all need models and in those […]

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Urtext Myths 3- You’re seeing exactly what the composer wrote

A while back, I started a little series here called Urtext Myths (part I here, part II here). While preparing for my recent performance of Mahler’s 5th Symphony at the Harlech Orchestral Summer School, I came across something in the Preface that got me thinking about a new article in the “myths” series. This is […]

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Expert’s Perspective- Mahler 5, an Ass and Two Birds

“The donkey found it pleasing, and only said Wait! Wait! Wait! I will announce my judgement now. Well have you sung, Nightingale! But, Cuckoo, you sing a good chorale!” On Friday, the intrepid musicians of the Harlech Orchestral Academy performed Mahler’s Fifth Symphony- a performance that was every bit as hot as the auditorium we were […]

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Rock ‘n’ Rozsa

Many years ago, I first played a pops show in Columbus that was made up entirely of us playing extended excerpts of classic films scores from the golden age of film music while the originally films were shown on a giant screen behind the orchestra. It’s a great show, and went on to become one […]

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Why Walton?

As a musician who likes to explore the rare and odd byways of the repertoire as well as play the hits, I’m often asked what has drawn me to program and perform this or that unusual piece. Depending on the venue and the listener, threshold at which “a piece” becomes  an “unusual piece” might be anything […]

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